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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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  • Hard_badge_002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace William,you were a real trooper!

  • Cp5_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Honorary? Nope, I think this kid would have been and was the real deal. Thanks for being such a great example, and RIP, Officer Bunn!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This little guy shows everyone it doesn't matter how old you are you can achieve your dreams!! Unfortunately he had to pass but at least people will remember him and I hope he is an inspiration to all that know of him!

  • Img_0338_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I remember reading the article some time back on little William becoming an honorary police officer. It totally broke my heart to hear that he had lost his battle with cancer. At least he fulfilled his dream of becoming an LEO. RIP OFFICER William Bunn, I salute you & your entire family. May God bless & keep your soul for eternity.

    Fidelis Ad Mortem

  • Retired_constable_badge_-_1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer Bunn... May God hold you close and ever protect you now.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Isn't it amazing how one little boy can touch so many hearts and souls ?? Can't believe I was able to see through my tears to type this ....... God bless William and his family !!

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Officer Bunn. May God bless you.

  • Img_0826_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace little one

  • 082310163642_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace OFFICER Bunn God bless you

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace little Brother.

  • 099_max50


    about 4 years ago


    At such a young age, Officer Bunn has proven it's not about the quantity but the quality of life. Something I know I have taken for granted for a while.
    RIP, young brother. God Bless.

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest eternally in Peace Officer Bunn. Your courage and perseverance is a credit to you and the uniform that you wear. You are an inspiration for all of us in the Law Enforcement Community!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Officer Thank you for the joy you brought to people

  • 1979_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sad but also wonderful that he got his last wishes. RIP little man, you showed just how brave you were.

  • Le_sq90_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Officer

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