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(CBS) LOS ANGELES Lou Ferrigno, the former Mr. Universe and star of the TV series "The Incredible Hulk" is set to graduate from the Sheriff’s Reserve Academy and become the newest Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy Sheriff.
As a member of class 105, Ferrigno started training in September and will be sworn in as reserve sheriff on Feb. 13. He will be required to serve at least 20 hours per month.
"Lou Ferrigno was an outstanding trainee and I know that he'll be an outstanding reserve deputy sheriff," said Sheriff Lee Baca. "Reserve deputies serve without compensation, receiving only the great satisfaction of being of service to their community."
The sheriff’s office announced Ferrigno would help recruit new deputy sheriffs. In addition he expressed interest in working with the Sheriff’s Youth Activities League and the Special Victims Unit, which works with children that are abused.
Ferrigno also appeared in other films and TV shows, aside from the popular TV series. He won his first Mr. Universe title at age 21 and broke records when he won it again at 22.
Ferrigno wrote a book about fitness and body building as well as founded a personal training business.
Lou Ferrigno, 54, who played the green-skinned monster on the CBS TV show from 1977 to 1982, was sworn in during a ceremony Monday night.
"My father was a police officer with the New York Police Department; I've always had a high respect for officers," Ferrigno told The Associated Press. "I want to give back to the community, and I want to work with young kids, help them get off drugs."
Ferrigno began training to become a reserve deputy last September after passing a background check. He completed training in firearms, first aid, and high speed driving techniques and was recognized as "an outstanding trainee" by Sheriff Lee Baca.
Ferrigno will serve at least 20 hours a month, help recruit new deputies and work with the sheriff's Youth Activities League and the Special Victims Bureau, which assists abused children.
Ferrigno was a bodybuilder before he starred on the TV show. The late actor Bill Bixby played mild-mannered scientist David Bruce Banner who, as Ferrigno, turned into a Herculean, green-skinned monster whenever he lost his temper. He switched back to Bixby's character as soon as he calmed down.
In recent years, Ferrigno has appeared as himself on the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens."
It's not exactly a political position. Being a reserve deputy sheriff is a pretty thankless job, along with no pay, but might make a difference to some kids who are at risk of gangs and drugs. When he's appearing before a bunch of kids I doubt he'll get the sort of media coverage that Oprah gets when she gives a bunch of cars to her studio audience (don't get me started with Oprah ). Lou Ferrigno probably could've come up with some other type of high profile activity if he was just an attention *****.