March 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM CST - Updated July 20 at 8:45 PM
By: Alexa Williams NewsWest 9
ODESSA- Police officers put their life on the line everyday to keep us safe but sometimes it's the average citizen that goes above and beyond to lend a helping hand.
"We have people that are heroes not only on a yearly basis, but on a weekly basis as well as sometimes on a daily basis. It's not just officers that are heroes, it's the civilians as well," Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department, said.
Hero is exactly how you could describe Catrina Urquidi. On Thursday afternoon, Catrina was recognized by the Odessa Police Department for her role in stepping in to help an abused child.
"I just saw a little boy that looked really sick. I heard some comments that were unnecessary to a child and I just felt the need that he needed help," Urquidi said.
In December of 2013, Catrina was leaving Ross in Odessa when she noticed a little boy who was pale and looked malnourished. She even said she heard the child's parents verbally threaten the boy and that's when she called Odessa Police.
"I knew something was wrong and I followed them and I stood there until officials showed up and that's when I knew he would be okay," Urquidi said.
Odessa Police say if it wasn't for Catrina, that little boy might not be alive today.
"Her actions are directly connected to saving of this child's life. Absolutely!," Odessa Police Chief, Timothy Burton, said.
Catrina said she was just doing the right thing but feels honored to be recognized.
"It's something I wasn't really expecting but I'm grateful, flattered, happy!" Urquidi said.