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 any law to the contrary, and, in order to promote the public good, the town of Methuen retirement board is hereby authorized and directed to retire Robert J. Monahan, a firefighter in the town of Methuen, who as a result of injuries sustained while in the performance of his duties at the central fire station in the town of Methuen on March twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and eighty-six, is totally and permanently incapacitated as for services as a firefighter. The annual amount of pension payable shall be fixed in an amount equal to seventy-two percent of the rate of compensation which would have been paid had he continued in service as a firefighter in said town at the grade held by him at the time of his retirement.
Such retirement shall become effective as of the date following the last day on which he is entitled to receive regular compensation.
The retirement board shall further forthwith pay to Robert J. Monahan all amounts standing to his credit in the annuity savings fund of the retirement system of said town.
SECTION 2. The provisions of section one hundred B of chapter forty-one of the General Laws shall continue to apply to Robert J. Monahan relative to his indemnification by the town of Methuen for any hospital, medical and related expenses which may be incurred by him after the date of his retirement as a result of the aforementioned incapacity.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of section nine of chapter thirty-two of the General Laws, if the Methuen retirement board, upon proper proof, finds that said Robert Monahan died as the natural and proximate result of the personal injury sustained on March twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and eighty-six, the town of Methuen shall pay to the wife of Robert J. Monahan an annual annuity equal to the sum of three-quarters of the pension payable to him at the time of his death and the town shall pay the sum of three hundred and twelve dollars for each child of said Robert J. Monahan for such time as such child is either under eighteen years of age or totally physically or mentally incapacitated from working. If the wife of said Robert J. Monahan receiving the annuity herein mentioned shall remarry, the town shall then pay to her, in lieu of the aforesaid annuity, an annual annuity of five hundred and twenty dollars for each child of said Robert J. Monahan for such time as such child is residing with her and is either under eighteen years of age on January first of the year in question or is totally physically or mentally incapacitated from working.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.