Any disease, including poliomyelitis, contracted by a fireman in connection with the performance of his duties as a member of the fire department would entitle him to a disability pension. The burden of establishing a right to pension ordinarily rests on the claimant. The pension board in passing upon and allowing or disallowing a fireman's claim for pension, bases its decision on a determination of fact. Before disposing of any claim adversely to the claimant such a board must accord the claimant an opportunity to be heard and to present testimony in support of his claim.
AGO 1957 NO. 117 > Aug 28 1957
CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- FIREMEN ‑- DISABILITY PENSIONS ‑- DISEASES COVERED ‑- APPLICATION ‑- POWERS AND DUTIES OF PENSION IN PASSING ON ‑- BURDEN OF PROOF