On Sunday, I had the honor (as did a few hundred others) of watchingLou Ferrigno being sworn in as a public safety officer by the Rosemont Police at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, courtesy of Wizard World Chicago.
Best known as the original Incredible Hulk and a world-class body builder, Lou has been a deputy Sheriff in the L.A. Sheriff’s department for 12 years. He also holds that title in the San Luis Obispo Sheriff Dept., and is also a Reserve Deputy for the Delaware County Sheriff Dept. in Ohio.
Chief Don Stephens spoke about Ferrigno’s original dream to follow in his fathers footsteps as a police officer and his longtime support of the police force before swearing him in.
I think the Chicago area could really benefit if they enlisted the Hulk for law enforcement.
Here is the official Press release:
The Rosemont Public Safety Department Honored Lou Ferrigno As An Honorary Public Safety Officer At Wizard World Chicago Sunday August 21
WHO: Wizard World, Inc., and the Rosemont Public Safety Department swore in Lou Ferrigno (the one and only Hulk) as an honorary Public Safety Officer in an official ceremony on Sunday, August 21 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Wizard World President and CEO John Maatta and Executive Vice President and COO Randy Malinoff joined Chief Don Stephens, Head of the Rosemont Public Safety Department, as they declared Ferrigo an honorary Public Safety Officer. Ferrigno has spent over 12 years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and the San Luis Obispo Sheriff Department, and is also a Reserve Deputy for the Delaware County Sheriff Department in Delaware, OH.
Chief Stephens detailed Ferrigno’s longtime support of the police force, noting how both of he and Ferrigno’s fathers were also policemen. After the official swearing in ceremony, Ferrigno received his own badge and spoke about the important community impact of the Rosemont Public Safety Department.
WHAT: Wizard World, Inc. and the Rosemont Public Safety Department honored Lou Ferrigno as a Honorary Public Safety Officer Sunday, August 18.
Wizard World produces comic cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
The Rosemont Public Safety Department strives to enhance the quality of life for all citizens by building on tradition and working toward excellence to set the standards for public safety. The mandate is to do this with honor, pride, and integrity, at all times conducting themselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain the public’s trust, confidence and respect.
And here are the official photos: