First black Stamford cop remembered as pioneer who paved way for others

The widow of Stamford?s first black policeman spoke fondly of her husband Saturday as calls and tributes poured in honoring the pioneer.

James W. Foreman, who suffered a stroke three years ago, died November 18 at the age of 94. Foreman served on the police force in his hometown for more than 30 years. His wife of 45 years, Beatrice Foreman, says it wasn?t always easy having a husband at the forefront of social change. The former cop also served in the Army.

People from as far away as California are calling the widow to give their regards and a steady stream of flowers is arriving at her home. Collages have been created showing the former cop at his best, including a picture with former President Ronald Regan. A wake will be held Sunday at Lacerenza Funeral Home from 2 to 6 p.m.

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