A Pittsburgh detective went from the life of a bachelor to adopting two underprivileged kids that inspired him.
Jack Mook has been on the job for 22 years, and for some time, he’s been volunteering at a local center called Steel City Boxing that teaches underprivileged kids how to box. About six years ago, Mook met 15-year-old Josh and 11-year-old Jessee and took them under his wing.
At one point, the boys suddenly stopped coming in. Having grown an attachment to them, Mook tracked them down and found out they had been keeping a secret from him this whole time.
As noted by The Blaze:
Mook learned that the two boys were living in extraordinarily poor conditions at a foster home nearby.
“They have had it as worse as any other kid who has lived in the city of Pittsburgh,” he said. “And that just … I had enough of it.”
Mook moved quickly. After calling in a few favors, he was able to get the boys transferred to a new home — his.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s the best thing I ever did in my life.”
In 2013, Mook became the boys’ foster father. A short time later, he officially adopted them.
“It's real now. It's forever," said Mook. "Even when they leave the house at 18, I'll still get headaches. I'm still 'Coach.’ Their biological dad is still their dad. I want them to be a part of the good things they experience.”
During the adoption hearing, Judge Kathleen Mulligan said that she was impressed with what Mook had done for the boys prior to filing for adoption.
“I have been so very impressed with the wonderful job [Mook] has done,” said Mulligan.
11-year-old Jessee said after the adoption hearing that he is excited about his future.
“I'm very happy," Jessee said. "His house is clean, he has great rules, and I know he's going to make me a better man in life."
Sources: The Blaze, Seattle PI, CBS News