The Give Back Garage does more than fix cars

Photo by Jeff Weisinger

Ryder Kirkpatrick (left) and Kira Westmoreland (right) work on a 1975 Datsun at the Give Back Garage.

From childhood, Mike Rucker always liked to fix stuff. Before he became a police officer, he worked as an airline mechanic. His father and brother taught him how to work on the family cars.

Even after United Airlines laid him off in late 2001, Rucker was, and still is to this day, a mechanic. Not only is he a mechanic, he’s his neighborhood’s favorite mechanic. So it’s no surprise that his garage, Give Back Garage in Brentwood has become the place where two of his passions come home: fixing cars and giving back to the community.

“Even when I was a cop I still liked working on things, so I became like my neighborhood mechanic,” Rucker said. “Fast-forward 18 years later, I’m still doing it, and finding more people in need.”


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