Paul Sawchik, a former San Diego police officer and retired electrician who held a law degree, died of cancer Sunday in his Clairemont home.  He was 70.

Born Oct. 25, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Sawchik attended schools there and joined the Army during World War II.

After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he was hired by San Diego Gas and Electric Co. as an electrician's helper.

Mr. Sawchik left SDG&E in 1950 and served seven years as a San Diego police officer.
He then joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 569, and worked as a journeyman electrician, retiring in 1985.

Mr. Sawchik earned his law degree at Western State University.  He never practiced law, but he was a member of the California Bar Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two brothers and a sister, John and Louis of Cleveland and Lydia Nikuls of Escondido.
OFFICER PAUL W. SAWCHIK
BADGE 532
SDPD 12/01/1950 - 06/09/1957
10/25/1921 - 01/05/1992
THE THIN BLUE LINE
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