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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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    Eilene

    about 4 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Rest in Peace little man, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP brother...when my time comes, I will meet you in the spirit world.

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    Grafton817

    about 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIP little brother

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    fraustr1

    about 4 years ago

    532 Comments

    R.I.P brother my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

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    ae2real

    about 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    I will be present at the funeral tomorrow along with several other Officers from various Depts in NC to escort this brave young man who thought of us as Police Officers (His Heros). Today he has become my Hero and he will recieve all of the Honors any other Police Officer would. He lived up to the TWO BASIC CORE VALUES every Officer is suppose to live up too. Never Give Up & Never Quit. A quote from the bible that always stays in my mind ( The wicked flee when no man pursues but the rightious are as bold as lions ). This young man was a Lion and touched the hearts of many Raleigh Officers and Officers from other agency's. I think all would agree that he deserves the very best we can give him

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    philfroggy

    about 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Very touching story, Rest in peace little brother

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    FutureLawMan83

    about 4 years ago

    560 Comments

    how sad RIP.

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    I am proud to have served in this profession with you brother William. May God welcome you home little warrior! And may He comfort the loved ones you have left behind and leave them only with cherished memories of the light you brought into their lives.

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    JP503

    about 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    RIP

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    deckerpolice28

    about 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    god bless you young man

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    ilegworldchamp

    about 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    OFFICER WILLIAM BUNN ; E.O.W. 07-01-2010 AT AGE "EIGHT YEARS OLD" SUCUMED TO CANCER AFTER A BRAVE THREE YEAR BATTLE THAT HE NEVER GAVE IN TO , NOR DID HE EVER GIVE UP , MAY YOU TAKE YOU HONORED PLACE IN HEAVEN AMONG YOU FELLOW OFFICERS WHO ARE ALSO HEROES JUST LIKE YOU. "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE OFFICER BUNN"!

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    rafaelmorales

    about 4 years ago

    2994 Comments

    RIP MY LITTLE FELLOW BROTHER IN BLUE. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.....MY YOU PATROL HEAVEN WITH ALL OF OUR OTHER BROTHER AND SISTERS IN BLUE.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP, my little brother of the badge.

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    maverick823

    about 4 years ago

    766 Comments

    RIP little Brother

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    Darkshadow113

    about 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    My heart and prayers goes out to the family of this brave and Honorary Ofc. William Bunn. May God bless you.

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