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Karl F. Dean, James L. Charles, James W. J. Farrar and Laura T. Kidwell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.

C. Dewey Branstetter, Jr., and Mark A. Mayhew, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Metropolitan Employee Benefit Board and Aubrey Clay Whitworth.


In this administrative appeal, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro) challenges the lower court's affirmance of a grant of "In line of duty" (IOD) benefits to a park ranger. The award of IOD benefits required the park ranger's hypertension to have been caused by his work conditions and ultimately depended upon the applicability of the Tennessee Heart and Hypertension Act (the Act) to the park ranger's case. The pertinent section of the Act establishes a rebuttable presumption of causation for law enforcement officers suffering disability, illness, or death from heart disease or hypertension. Throughout the proceedings, including this appeal, Metro has contended that the Act does not apply to the park ranger because he is not employed by the Metro Police Department as required by the statute. The lower court ruled that, for purposes of the Act, the park ranger met this requirement because his commission as a special policeman remained under the control of the Metro Police Department and because his job duties and training were equivalent to those of Metro police officers. We affirm.


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