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Injured officer may get full pay

The Woburn City Council on Tuesday will consider a revised plan that would provide a police officer who was shot responding to a 2011 robbery with a disability pension equal to his full salary for life.

Mayor Scott D. Galvin has asked the council to authorize the filing of special legislation allowing Robert DeNapoli, 52, to retire on disability with a pension equal to 100 percent of the pay he would have received if he remained a police officer — including any union-negotiated raises — until the age of 65. His pension would then be set at 80 percent of the three-year average annual rate of his compensation at that time.

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Last Wednesday, a council committee that includes all nine members voted 6-3 to amend the plan to provide that DeNapoli would receive a disability pension equal to 100 percent of his pay for the remainder of his life, rather than having it revert to 80 percent at age 65.

The committee then voted 7-2 to recommend the full council approve the filing of the special legislation as amended.

DeNapoli was seriously injured when he was shot multiple times at close range by a robber fleeing an armed hold-up of Musto Jewelers on Cambridge Road on Sept. 6, 2011.

Ward 2 Alderman Richard F. Gately Jr., who offered the amendment, said he did so because “We as a community have to protect the people who protect us.”

“He got shot multiple times — he lost his finger and his eye was damaged,” Gately said. “If anybody deserves a retirement with 100 percent disability pay, it was Officer DeNapoli. He paid the price and now it’s time for us to take care of him.”

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.
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