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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, and in order to promote the public good, the State-Boston retirement board is hereby authorized and directed to retire John Steiner, a firefighter of the city of Boston, who as a result of serious injuries sustained while in the performance of his duties on December 25, 1995 is totally and permanently incapacitated from further service as a firefighter. The annual amount of pension payable to John Steiner under this act shall be fixed in an amount equal to the regular rate of compensation which would have been paid had he continued in service as a firefighter in said city 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.

Upon the retirement of said John Steiner, the retirement board of said city shall forthwith pay to him all amounts standing to his credit in the annuity savings fund of the retirement system of said city.

SECTION 2. The provisions of section 100 of chapter 41 of the General Laws shall continue to apply to John Steiner relative to his indemnification by the city of Boston 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. Upon the death of John Steiner, if his wife at the time of the accident, survives him, and as long as she remains unmarried, the city of Boston shall pay to his wife an annual annuity equal to the sum of three-fourths of the amount of the pension payable to him at the time of his death, and $312 for each child of John Steiner for such time as such child is either under 18 years of age or totally physically or mentally incapacitated from working. If the spouse of said John Steiner remarries, said city shall pay to his wife at the time of his accident, in lieu of the aforesaid annuity, an annual annuity of $520 for each child of said John Steiner for such time as such child is residing with her and is either under 18 years of age on January first of the year in question or totally or mentally incapacitated from working.

Approved March 5, 1998.