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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 or the University Cancer Research Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill at http:// . or 919-829-4818

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  • 20130324_182454_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I have never been prouder of being a member of the law enforcement family...To the RALEIGH have done well brothers. To the those who have responded..well the parents of Officer Bunn he must have been incredible. Rest family for you have done what few have done you have raised a good child. He has touched our hearts.

  • Fallen_20heroes_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I say make his funeral Sunday and the Parade his Funeral Persession RIP Brother!

  • Cardone_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    watch over for us kid. youll make Heaven even brighter with your presence.

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Very sad story. I alwasys hate hearing about children dying from these types of sicknesses. My hat is off to the police department honoring the young man.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago

    Blessed are those that mourn, because they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

  • 1067_med_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP young man.

  • Mcso_patch_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP Officer Bunn May God be with his family and friends

  • Img00086_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Rest in Peace

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago

    RIP Officer Bunn.May god bless you!

  • Geiger_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Rest In Peace

  • Pro_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP William - pleased to see you get your dream first.

  • Me_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Rest in peace little man. It is awesome to know you are now pain free and watching over all of those who helped make your dream come true, and those LEO's like them. Your bravery will always inspire those whose lives you touched.
    My heart and thoughts are with your family right now. As a mom who lost a little boy, no matter how it happens, how strong we are, or even if we knew it could happen, it is still unbearable.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    RIP, these stories make me think about everything special in life. My prayers are with you and your family

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago

    Rest In Peace, Officer Bunn. May God watch over your family. Law Enforcement is a lesser place without you.

  • Tn_2671995570_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Take a well deserved rest, Officer Bunn. I will take the Watch now.

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