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    City of Lynchburg Named One of Top Safest Cities to Retire for 2018

    Security has just named the City of Lynchburg as one of the top 100 safest cities in the country to retire (  According to the report, a total of 495 U.S. cities were evaluated on several safety and retirement-focused metrics including FBI City Crime Data, percentage of residents that are of retirement age, healthcare costs, and elder abuse protection laws. Lynchburg placed in the top 100 as number 88. Only four Virginia localities placed in the top 100: Staunton (#46), Waynesboro (#59), Lynchburg (#88), and Harrisonburg (#97).

    Security Choice ranked cities using six criteria:

    50% - FBI City Crime Data
    10% - Average Retirement Age in State
    10% - Percentage of the City that is 65+ in age
    10% - Cost of Living in the City
    10% - Healthcare costs in the City
    10% - Most Protective Elder Abuse Laws by State

    According to Lynchburg Police Chief Raul Diaz, the rating is an indication of the successful partnerships between public safety and the community.  “It’s wonderful to have our community recognized as being one of the safest places in the country to retire,” said Chief Diaz.  “It’s a tribute to the tireless efforts of the men and women of the Lynchburg Police Department and our numerous community partners who strive at community building, making Lynchburg a safe place to live, work and play.”

    As the population ages, healthcare and the response times for emergency medical assistance becomes a critical concern.  The Lynchburg Fire Department is the recipient of the Gold Level Heart Saver award from the American Heart Association for achieving 75% (or higher) on all Mission Lifeline quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI (serious heart attack) patients.

    “With an overall average response time of less than seven minutes from the time of initial call, our return of circulation from cardiac arrest is greater than 51%, which is well above the national average,” said Fire Chief Greg Wormser.