Session Law

2014

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Chapter 123 AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE DISABILITY RETIREMENT OF WOBURN POLICE OFFICER ROBERT DENAPOLI

     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.  (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and in order to promote the public good, the Woburn retirement board shall retire Robert DeNapoli, a police officer in the Woburn Police Department who was injured in the line of duty on September 6, 2011 and, as a result, is totally and permanently incapacitated from performing the essential duties of a police officer.  The benefits shall be paid and administered in accordance with section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws.  Upon retirement, Robert DeNapoli shall receive a lump sum payment from the Woburn retirement board equal to his total accumulated retirement deductions. 
     (b)  The annual amount of pension payable to Robert DeNapoli shall be equal to the regular rate of compensation which would have been payable to him had he continued in service as a police officer at the grade held by him at the time of his retirement until his death or until reaching age 65, whichever first occurs.  The retirement shall become effective commencing on the date immediately following the final day for which Robert DeNapoli received regular compensation for such employment.  The additional benefits granted in this act shall be funded and administered by the Woburn retirement board, consistent with and subject to said chapter 32, except that sections 8 and 91A of said chapter 32 shall not apply.  All amounts paid under this act shall be nontaxable.
     (c)  Upon attaining age 65, Robert DeNapoli shall receive a pension pursuant to section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, the yearly amount of which shall be equal to 80 per cent of the average annual rate of compensation paid to him in the previous 12 months.  
     (d)  If Robert DeNapoli shall be married at the time of his retirement, then, upon his death, the Woburn retirement board shall pay his surviving spouse, if then living, a pension, payable in monthly installments, in the amount of 75 per cent of the annualized amount of the pension payable to Robert DeNapoli on the date of his death. The pension shall be subject to section 103 of said chapter 32.
     (e)  Robert DeNapoli shall be indemnified for hospital, medical and other healthcare expenses related to treatment of injuries sustained while in the line of duty on September 6, 2011 not otherwise covered by health insurance.
     SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, June 6, 2014.