BCSO Livestock Unit Recognized Rabies - Potentially Saved a Life

Bryan, Texas, July 31, 2014

On July 30, 2014, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office Livestock Deputy’s William Kristof and Jason Wager were commended for potentially saving the life of a Brazos County resident who had been bitten by a rabid kitten.

On Friday, May 3, 2014 Deputy Jason Wager was visiting with the victim in this case.  During his conversation, the victim asked him about trapping an animal that needed a rabies vaccination. Deputy Wager became aware that the victim had come into contact and had been bitten by a kitten that was acting strange and later died.

Deputy Wager was concerned since the rabies virus often times presents itself with symptoms as described by this victim.  He contacted his supervisor, Sgt Kris Fraley, to make him aware of the situation.  Fraley advised him to contact Deputy Kristof, and have him take possession of the carcass of the kitten so that it could be tested.  Deputy Kristof delivered the carcass to the Humane Society for testing.  The results indicated the kitten had been infected with the rabies virus. 

The initiative of Deputy Wager, coupled with the due diligence shown by Deputy Kristof, allowed the victim to begin a post exposure series of vaccinations to prevent contraction of the disease.  By recognizing a potentially life threatening situation and responding as a team, these deputies likely saved the life of an individual who had been exposed to the rabies virus.

In recognition of their efforts, Deputies Wager and Kristof were presented with a Sheriff’s Office challenge coin.  Their performance of their duties exemplifies the mission of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office of “protecting the wellbeing of persons within our community”.   

Pictured from left to right: Chief Deputy Jim Stewart, Deputy Jason Wager and William Kristof