If any member of said fire department or police department shall become or be found
to be totally disabled for the discharge of his duties as a member of said fire department
or police department, mentally or physically, by reason of sickness or injury caused
or sustained by reason of service or discharge of his duty in said department, after
such city shall have come within the terms of this article, said disability and relief
board shall order the payment and there shall be paid from said fund to said fireman
or policeman each month thereafter an amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of said
fireman's or policeman's monthly salary, to be paid throughout such total disability
for service. In passing upon the question of disability, said board shall require an examination
of the applicant by the city physician or other physician or physicians as it may
deem proper, and may require like examinations from time to time throughout the period
of disability claimed by said fireman or policeman. If said city pays a salary to its firemen or policemen while disabled in an amount
equal to the disability relief allowed under this section, said fireman or policeman
shall not be entitled to any disability relief under this section.
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