MILFORD \u2014 The widow of the city\u2019s first Black firefighter is calling for two officials\u2019 resignations after she says they planned to start a scholarship in her late husband\u2019s name without her permission. Jolyn Walker, wife of the late Judge Walker, said Milford Chief of Staff Justin Rosen and Fire Commissioner Pete Smith had planned to start a scholarship in her husband\u2019s name that would have helped people of color pay for test or certification fees to apply for a position within the fire department. Judge Walker retired in 1993 after 28 years of service. He passed away in 2018. Jolyn Walker said she thought the officials were \u201cexploiting\u201d her husband\u2019s name. Rosen said after learning of Jolyn Walker\u2019s objections, Judge Walker\u2019s name was removed from consideration. \u201cI am sorry that Mrs. Walker has decided not to participate, but remain excited about the idea of working with a community organization on a scholarship program, which will help achieve our shared goal of diversifying Milford\u2019s Fire Department,\u201d Rosen said. In a letter, Walker claims she wasn\u2019t notified of the plan to use her husband\u2019s name until the scholarship was well underway and she doesn\u2019t trust the funds would have been used for the designated purpose. \u201cYou can literally use my husband\u2019s name, and because he is Black, kind of well known, that can pull in a lot of money,\u201d she said, adding that if the scholarship were to fail the funds could potentially be used for \u201csomething else that is not honoring my husband.\u201d \u201cSo I would never let my husband's name be used that way unless it was something I knew was going to get results and good results,\u201d she said. She also stated that she and her husband had already established the Washington Walker Family Fund at the The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support local organizations. Rosen said his involvement with the scholarship has been limited. \u201cI have nothing but respect for Judge Walker\u2019s legacy as Milford\u2019s first Black firefighter and for his widow, Jolyn Walker,\u201d said Rosen. \u201cI\u2019ve known Jolyn for a number of years, and we have worked together on Milford\u2019s Racial Justice book club and various other community events and activities.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s my understanding that a member of the Fire Commission was working to partner with a Milford nonprofit community group to establish a scholarship that would cover the fire department application fee and potentially the cost of an EMT course for minority applicants,\u201d he added. \u201cThis goal was to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants and make the process more accessible to everyone, which is an effort we welcome when hiring for city positions. One idea that was discussed was naming the fund in Mr. Walker\u2019s honor.\u201d Smith said he is a strong believer that the city workforce should better reflect the demographics of the city. \u201cTo that end, I was seeking a local partnership to help mitigate costly barriers to employment that disproportionally impact people of color, into one of the most public facing workforce in our community,\u201d he said. \u201cRecruiting and retaining a diverse public safety workforce was, and remains, my sole objective for this initiative. After correspondence with Mrs. Walker, I removed her husband\u2019s name from this effort at her request, and never had any ill intent toward her.\u201d Walker said if they would use the money to do an anti-racist training within the fire department she might have said yes. Another way Walker said would be appropriate to honor her husband\u2019s legacy is to establish a recruitment team or a fund to pay the recruitment team. It would target women and people of color to apply for the fire department, like the one spearheaded by Gary Tinney of New Haven\u2019s Firebirds.