No-nonsense detective adopts 2 abused brothers
A Pittsburgh police detective known for his tough attitude both in and outside the force, showed he has a heart stronger than any other muscle in his body.
Jack Mook, 45, grew suspicious when two brothers stopped showing up to the boxing gym where he volunteers.
Steel City Boxing gym is a non-profit organization that teaches underprivileged kids about the sport with the help of adult volunteers who also serve as positive mentors.
Mook was one of those mentors. The no-nonsense veteran tracked down Josh and Jesse after they stopped going to the gym last year and found them living with their parents in a rundown home filled with roaches and rats.
"And he looked terrible - bags under his eyes - 12 years old," Mook said.
"And he was asking me about it and then I just cried," Josh said.
"They have had it as worse as any other kid that's ever lived in the city of Pittsburgh, living conditions wise. And I had enough of it," Mook recalled.
He also learned their parents were abusive and struggled with drug addiction.
That's when Mook went from coach to family. Then in September, he made it official and adopted the boys.
Mook told NBC's Today that becoming a parent is "the most stressful thing I ever did, but when they smile, it releases the stress."
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