Detective Jack Mook had a pretty great life: he was a tough, no-nonsense cop, a happy bachelor and a volunteer coach at the local boxing club. All of that changed when he adopted Josh and Jessee.
He was their boxing coach, but when they stopped showing up for practice, he stepped into the role of detective. When he confronted Josh about the missed practices, the 15-year-old cried. Josh revealed that the boys had been neglected and abused by their foster parents. They had been living in filth: sleeping on a floor covered in dog feces and fleas - even their hair was missing in patches.
Enough was enough for the 22-year veteran of the force. Jack took matters into his own hands and adopted the boys in September 2014. In an instant he went from committed bachelor to father, and he's thrilled. "Yeah, it's awesome," he says, "it's the best thing I ever did in my life."
Not too long after they became a family, Jack met Mary, a single mother of three, and they were married about a year later. As a bachelor, he was free to live life on his own terms. Now that he is a husband and father of five, he is happy to leave those days far behind him. "I thought being single was fun, because you don't have responsibilities," he says, "but when you're single, you don't know what you're missing. I'm glad I let her break through that barrier and take me away from that life."
Sometimes, when we save others, we end up saving ourselves.
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