Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II has proclaimed Thursday as Safe Communities Hagerstown Day in the city of Hagerstown.
The city recently was recognized as an internationally certified Safe Community, Bruchey said during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting.
Hagerstown is the first community in Maryland to receive the designation, according to a press release from the National Safety Council.
During the past decade, people from across the city have aggressively worked to mitigate community risk, Bruchey said.
"Our teamwork has saved lives," he said.
In his proclamation, he encouraged residents of Hagerstown to embrace a philosophy of safety as being a personal responsibility and continue to behave in a way that reflects such a belief.
There will be a program Thursday at Hager Hall to recognize Hagerstown as an internationally safe community, according to a press release from the Hagerstown Fire Department.