Optional service-connected disability retirement allowance for police officers and firefighters
(1) A police officer or firefighter, other than a volunteer firefighter, who would be entitled to receive disability benefits as a member of the Public Employees Retirement System under ORS 238.320 (Disability retirement allowance) (1), may elect to receive the service-connected disability retirement allowance authorized under this section. The allowance authorized under this section is an amount equal to 50 percent of the police officer’s or firefighter’s final average salary as determined at the date of the injury causing the disability. If elected, the allowance authorized under this section is in lieu of any service-connected disability retirement benefit available under this chapter.
(2) The election to receive the benefits authorized under subsection (1) of this section shall be made within 90 days after the board makes its decision that the police officer or firefighter is disabled. The election once made shall not be changed.
(3) A police officer or firefighter electing to receive the benefits authorized under subsection (1) of this section may elect to convert those benefits to a service-connected disability retirement annuity of equivalent actuarial value as provided in ORS 238.325 (Optional disability retirement allowance calculations).
(4) Nothing in this section shall interfere with the right of a police officer or firefighter to receive a disability retirement allowance under this chapter for disability not incurred in the line of duty. [Formerly 237.173]
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