Section 89 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
If an officer of the department of state police is killed, or dies from injuries received or dies as a natural and proximate result of undergoing a hazard peculiar to the officer's employment, while in the performance of the officer’s duty, the officer’s next of kin shall receive from the department a flag of the commonwealth during the memorial service. For purposes of this paragraph, next of kin shall mean a person who is a surviving spouse, partner, parent or close family member of the deceased.
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