New York General Municipal Law
Sec. § 201
Rights and Privileges of Exempt Volunteer Firemen

In case any city, town or village in this state shall organize a paid fire department and thereby deprive any volunteer fireman who has faithfully actually performed service in the protection of life and property within the territory protected by his company of the right to serve a full term of five years such fireman shall be entitled to a full and honorable discharge; and to all the rights and privileges granted by the laws of this state to volunteer firemen, provided, however, that if such paid department has been organized since the first day of January in the year nineteen hundred and two, he shall have so served for a consecutive period of at least one year immediately preceding the installation of said paid fire department.
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