Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one hundred G of chapter forty-one of the General Laws or any other provision of law to the contrary, the city of Springfield, by a majority vote of its city council with the approval of its mayor, shall pay the reasonable expense, not exceeding five thousand dollars, of the funeral and burial of any firefighter who while in the performance of his duty and as a result of an accident while responding to or returning from an alarm or fire or any emergency or as the result of an accident involving a fire department vehicle, which the firefighter is operating or in which he is riding or while at the scene of a fire or any emergency is killed or sustains injuries which result in his death, or of any police officer who while in the performance of his duty and as the result of an assault on his person, or a result of an accident while responding to an emergency while in the performance of his official duty or as a result of an accident involving a police department vehicle which he is operating or in which he is riding is killed or sustains injuries which result in his death.
SECTION 2. This act shall be effective as of November first, nineteen hundred and eighty-five.