CHAPTER 631

AN ACT APPROPRIATING CERTAIN MONEYS TO RUTH PATTERSON, WIDOW OF ROBERT PATTERSON IN THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND, WHILE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL DUTIES IN LINE OF SERVICE OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, on the 31st day of October, 1968, Robert Patterson met death by drowning, while in the performance of his duties as heavy equipment operator of the State Highway Department of the State of Delaware, while clearing refuse and debris from the St. Jones River; and

WHEREAS, the said Robert Patterson left to survive him a widow, Ruth Patterson and two children, both of whom are under the age of sixteen years; and

WHEREAS, the accident which caused death by drowning of Robert Patterson could in no way be attributed to negligence or carelessness on his part; and

WHEREAS, Robert Patterson had been a valued, conscientious employee, whose term of employment extended, uninterrupted from June 29, 1955 to the date of his death; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the service rendered to the State of Delaware, and in recognition of the fact that while in the line of service to the State of Delaware, Robert Patterson met with untimely death through no fault of his own;

NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (three-fourths of all the members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. That the State Treasurer be and is hereby directed and authorized to pay to Ruth Patterson, widow of Robert Patterson, the sum of Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($12,500.00).

Section 2. That this Bill shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Bill and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury.

Approved June 30, 1970.