SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws or any general or special law to the contrary, and in order to promote the public good, there shall be paid an accidental death benefit from the Everett Retirement Board to Nicole Baxter, the widow of Thaddeus M. Baxter, Jr. a former firefighter of the City of Everett who died on November 9, 2018 as the result of condition of impairment of health, including post-traumatic stress disorder, suffered while performing the essential duties of a firefighter. The benefits shall be paid and administered in accordance with section 9 of chapter 32 of the General Laws. Nicole Baxter shall receive a lump sum payment from the Everett Retirement Board equal to the amount of total accumulated retirement deductions credited to the account of Thaddeus M. Baxter, Jr. in the annuity savings fund.
SECTION 2. Nicole Baxter shall receive an Accidental Death Benefit allowance which shall consist of a yearly amount of pension equal to seventy-two percent of the annual rate of regular compensation being paid to Thaddeus M. Baxter, Jr. on the date of his death.
SECTION 3. This Accidental Death Benefit shall become effective commencing on the date immediately following the final day for which Thaddeus M. Baxter, Jr. received regular compensation for such employment.
SECTION 4. Nicole Baxter shall be eligible for health insurance with the city of Everett on the same basis as other retirees and survivors and shall be responsible for the retirees' share of premiums.
SECTION 5. If at any time there is no spouse eligible to receive such pension under the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subdivision, then it shall be paid to a legal guardian for the benefit of any surviving unmarried children of such member who are under the age of 18, or are over that age and under age 22 and full time students at accredited educational institutions, or who were over said age and physically or mentally incapacitated from earning on the date of such member’s death. Such pension shall be divided for the benefit of such children in such a manner as the board shall from time to time determine, and shall be paid so long as any such child survives, remains unmarried and is under age 18, or is over that age and under age 22 and is a full-time student at an accredited educational institution, or if over said age remains physically or mentally incapacitated from earning.
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