Contrarily, in the book, Rambo kills all of the sheriff's deputies who chase him into the woods and the civilian dog handler instead of just wounding them like he did in the movie. Also, Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehey) is a more central character in the book—you could even call him the protagonist. He's a Korean War veteran, which contrasts with Rambo's Vietnam Vet experience. There is a hint of this in the movie. When we see Teasle at his desk, behind him you can see his service awards in a shadowbox, including what looks like a bronze star.