JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The Washington County/Johnson City EMS was recognized by the American Heart Association for their outstanding patient care.

Friday the group received the Mission Lifeline EMS Recognition Award.

Brad Gerfin with the Washington County/Johnson City EMS tells us to receive the award an agency has to have 75 percent of patients who have been identified as having a heart attack at the hospital with the blockage removed in a certain period of time.

Gerfin says they were able to meet all of those requirements and the award is an honor. "It lets us know that we're giving good care to the people of Washington County, Johnson City and top level care and so it's nice to be recognized," he said.

Gerfin says this is the first year EMS agencies were eligible to receive the award.

He says the award was originally only for hospitals.