For any municipality, chapter plan, local law municipality, or local law plan under
this chapter, any condition or impairment of health of any and all police officers
employed in the state caused by tuberculosis, hypertension, heart disease, or hardening
of the arteries, resulting in total or partial disability or death, shall be presumed
to be accidental and suffered in line of duty unless the contrary be shown by competent
evidence. Any condition or impairment of health caused directly or proximately by exposure,
which exposure occurred in the active performance of duty at some definite time or
place without willful negligence on the part of the police officer, resulting in total
or partial disability, shall be presumed to be accidental and suffered in the line
of duty, provided that such police officer shall have successfully passed a physical
examination upon entering such service, which physical examination including electrocardiogram
failed to reveal any evidence of such condition, and, further, that such presumption
shall not apply to benefits payable under or granted in a policy of life insurance
or disability insurance. This section shall be applicable to all police officers only with reference to pension
and retirement benefits under this chapter.
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