SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 2344
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand Fourteen
An Act relative to providing the next of kin of a state police officer killed in the line of duty with a flag during the memorial service.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
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.