Officer Nicholas Paul Cecchetti was killed with a single bullet to his side which penetrated his heart killing him almost immediately while serving a narcotics search warrant August 3, 1978. The murderer was arrested shortly thereafter and was charged with first-degree murder. A change of venue was granted and the trial was held in Fresno County where the murderer was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
Officer Cecchetti left behind his wife Cathy, sons Nicholas Jr. and Brandon and also his brother Michael and sister Julianne along with his parents, Julio and Meredyth Cecchetti.
His funeral was held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton and was attended by over 1,200 mourners, which included police officers from all across the nation and state.
Officer Checchetti was born and raised in Stockton. He graduated from Lincoln High School, San Joaquin Delta College and late California State University Sacramento with a degree in Public Administration.
The family feels a sense of peace knowing his name rests alongside other officers from California who had fallen since statehood was granted.