Pensions for Veteran Firemen in Ohio

Pensions for Veteran Firemen in Ohio

A bill has been prepared for introduction at the next session of the Ohio state legislature to provide for pensions for veteran volunteer firemen and their widows, the bill declaring the act to be necessary and: “The reason for such necessity lies in the fact that there are many ex-volunteer firemen in this state who are without any provision for pension for services rendered municipalities,” and it expressly states that nothing in it shall be construed as reducing the pension of regular paid firemen or their dependents. The bill provides that in any municipal corporation the council, by ordinance, may declare the necessity for the establishment and maintenance of a Volunteer Firemen’s Pension Fund, provides for the election of boards of trustees, etc., and in section 9 makes provision for the distribution of the fund as follows: “The board of trustees shall make all rules and regulations for the distribution of the fund, ineluding members or their widows, as to whom any portion of it shall be paid, and the amount thereof; provided, that no ex-Volunteer Fireman shall be eligible to receive a pension from such fund, or to hold office, vote for trustees, or in any way or manner participate in the benefits of such fund unless he has served as a volunteer fireman for a period of at least three (3) years.” In a discussion of the bill by members of the Youngstown Veteran Volunteer Firemen amendments were suggested making it a provision of the act that pensions be granted only to volunteer firemen who are past fiftyfive years of age, and who had given service for a period of three consecutive years, and it is stated that with such amendment the asssociation will support and urge the passage of the bill.

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