It all started in 1971 when Jimmy Cvetic grabbed a 13-year-old boy for stealing tape decks out of cars. He didn’t arrest him and less than two years later the boy was dead from a drug overdose.
“That bothered me,” said Cvetic, who is now retired from a 35-year career with the Allegheny County Police. “If I would have said something or did something.”
Cvetic said the boy has always represented innocence to him. His response was to open a free boxing gym in downtown Pittsburgh.