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8-year-old Honorary Officer To Be Given Police Funeral

8-year-old Honorary Officer To Be Given Police Funeral

Eight-year-old William Bunn, who recently became Raleigh's youngest police officer in an honorary ceremony, lost his battle with cancer on July 1. (Courtesy Raleigh PD)

The News & Observer via YellowBrix

July 02, 2010

July 02—RALEIGH — For his funeral Saturday, 8-year-old William Bunn will wear a freshly pressed police uniform, complete with tie, hat and shoes shined like mirrors.

It was, after all, the suit he proudly wore last month, the day Raleigh police made him an honorary officer and granted the wish he’d had since age 5.

William died of cancer early Thursday morning, ending a three-year ordeal that took him through nine surgeries, two blood-cell implants and 13 rounds of chemotherapy.

“He fought a long battle,” said his aunt, Mimi Hardin. “He couldn’t hold on anymore.”

On June 11, William marched to the stage at North Haven Church and saluted Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan with an arm just long enough to poke out of his sleeve, walking on his ownonly a few days removed from radiation treatments in Philadelphia.

More than 150 people cheered when his mother, Amy, pinned a gold badgeover his heart and Dolan told him, “Raleigh police officers exhibit bravery every day. Without a doubt, William, the courage you have demonstrated exceeds our expectations.”

As William enjoyed his first doughnut as an officer, a dozen reporters crowded around to hear him announce, “I really liked it. It’s all the handcuffs and how they check out the jail and stuff.”

On Monday, Hardin updated William’s online journal with news that the Bunns had learned that further treatment would be futile. He died at 4:22 a.m. Thursday, parents Mark and Amy at his side.

“The illness can no longer constrain our angel William,” wrote Hardin. “He has spread his wings, taken flight and will be free of pain and suffering for all eternity.”

William would have been the grand marshal of the Independence Day parade in Lake Royale, a Franklin County community where he and his family spent many weekends, said police Chief Jarrett Umstead. Parade organizers will do something to remember William in the parade, Umstead said.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 tonight at New Hope Baptist Church on Louisburg Road in Raleigh. A funeral will follow Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in William’s honor to the Jimmy V Foundation at www.jimmyv.org or the University Cancer Research Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill at http:// ucrf.unc.edu .

josh.shaffer@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4818

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    mrkenny

    about 1 year ago

    6 Comments

    HI FROM MR.KENNY YES ANOTHER FALLEN ANGEL HAS GONE HOME TO BE WITH GOD!! AND HE IS IN A
    BETTER PLACE!! AND WE KNOW HE"BE WACHING OVER ALL OF US !!GOD BLESS!!

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    patchez

    about 1 year ago

    7448 Comments

    YOU are now at peace little one. Today you became a man. With your strength and courage you will be welcomed amongst the Angels. Spread your wings young man, YOU EARNED THEM . My heart is heavy but I know you would not want us to mourn ..

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    My heart is broken. My faith is strong.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    What a very special young man. I'm glad that you could join our ranks before God called you home. Rest in peace and Job well done!

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    Rogue1

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    God looked down and saw a brave and wonderful little man and took him home. RIP little brother. Tears fill
    our eyes but you are safe and happy now.

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    tmsease

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    Rest in Peace.

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    K9_91

    over 3 years ago

    19896 Comments

    Very touching. What a courageous young man. God bless.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP Little Man

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    dread27

    almost 4 years ago

    1734 Comments

    R.I.P. little one .

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    seanduley

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    God Bless his soul!

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    BLUEWAVE21

    almost 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    What a brave little Warrior ! No one, much less a child should have to suffer like that, during their short time on this earth.... rips my heart out !
    God Bless his family and RPD...

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P. to this young officer, prayers to family and friends.

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    Covertoperations99

    about 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    What an act of kindness Chief Dolan expressed to young officer Bunn. what a little anger who has gone home to with the Lord! He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Prayers go out to the fellow officers and family and friends who loved him so dearly!

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    ekf3057

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Way to go Chief Dolan!!!!!!!!!!! This was a very classy move. You will never truely know what impact you had on his shortened life. You made the dream of a young 8 yo boy come true. He would have made a great police officer. God Bless you Officer Bunn. I am sure you are riding on patrol with every officer of the Raliegh Police Department. May you rest in peace for eternity Officer Bunn. Just reading this story made me proud to be a LEO.

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    HoustonCivilian

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    This confirms my long held belief that police officers are some of the kindest, most giving and generous people in the world, both on the job and off. God bless you all. God bless young Officer Bunn, may he rest in eternal peace.

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