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Roger Fremming, retired Buffalo police officer

July 18, 1920 – Aug. 10, 2013

Roger Fremming, a former Buffalo police officer, died Saturday. He was 93.

Mr. Fremming was born in Buffalo and graduated Fosdick Masten High School in 1938.

He was signed as a pitcher by the Cleveland Indians to a minor-league contract and played in the Florida State League on the Leesburg Florida Anglers. He left his baseball career behind when he enlisted in the Army during World War II, serving as a cryptographer in the Philippines and New Guinea.

He returned to Buffalo and joined the police force, becoming a traffic patrolman and a fixture at Main and Court streets for many years. He retired in 1980, two years after receiving the force’s Public Safety Award.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Ruth Jantzen; two daughters, Debby Knight and Annie Pankow; and a brother, Ken.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive.

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