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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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  • Ribbon_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP little man! You are in a better place............................

  • Cpusey-001_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Little Brother. thank you for all of your true inspiration......... You are a true brother in BLUE......

  • 100media36imag0244_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer William Bunn...God Bless family during their difficult time....

  • Hard_rock_3-20-11_max50


    about 4 years ago


    BUMP RdnkFireDad's comment!!

  • Night_of_blue_lights_1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God speed our little brother in blue...

  • White_shirt_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP little brother. This is so sad. My sincerest condolences to his family and to all he touched.

  • Img00177_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Really sad story......Rest in Peace, Little Brother. May God comfort his family, in knowing that he is now patrolling the skies above and watching over all of his family and his Brothers and Sisters.

  • 1383664303724_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Office Bunn. You fought bravely now rest. May his family find peace. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Online-photo-sharing-gallery-animal-cat-cougar-artct45_max160_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Little Brother.

  • 063_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Officer Bunn....You will suffer no more. You will never be forgotten. Your bravery is an inspiration to all of us. Please watch us all from above. I Pray your family will find Peace.

  • Car_004_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Little Brother Bunn. Your story touched me to the soul and when I read of your passing could not see the screen through the tears that immediately welled up. although I never met you you touched my heart as I know you have touched many with your short stay here on earth. God Bless You Officer Bunn.

    Lord please keep the soul of this innocent child close to your heart. He did his job here well, touching the lives of so many. Lord thank you for the gift of his life here with us. Bless and comfort his family.

  • Cpu_2010_max50


    about 4 years ago


    REST IN PEACE SWEETIE. The guys before us will take care of you upstairs. You are defiantely one of us.

  • Sg_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace buddy. Have fun being a po-po up in the skies Officer Bunn.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    How sad... R.I.P. Officer William Bunn.
    You'll patrol from above now...
    Thumbs up on the decision.

  • Cuffs_badge_gun_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Officer Bunn. Now go walk the beat on heaven's streets, you've done your time in hell.

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