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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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    about 4 years ago



  • Radio2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I am BUMPing everyone's comments...

    This little boy has a strong heart and spirit that will live for eternity. This kid had lots of courage to battle anything he faced.

    As a parent I am touched. This young man is very inspiring. I hope that his determination, COURAGE and BRAVERY will inspire each and everyone of us to cherish our lives, our families and those around us each day we are here.

    I am sure his parents are proud of their son. We all should learn from this young man..

    God Bless this young Officer and his courageous family.

    God Bless everyone..

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He definitely should be given a police funeral. bump RescueNanny's comments.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Thumbs up to Cuff_Em's comment! and how heartbreaking this is. Rest in Peace Officer Bunn.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    There ya go again, making my eyes tear up.. Nice story.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This has brought tears to my eyes. My heart goes out to Young Officer Bunn's parents and family and everyone else touched by this beautiful boy. RIP little Brother

  • P3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    bump cuff_em,

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I agree with Cuff_Em...we need more of these stories. The bravest and one of the smallest heroes.
    God Bless him and his family and thank goodness he has to suffer no more.

  • 000000000000000aaaaaaaaaa_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This breaks my heart

  • Michael_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Officer Bunn! You fought a hard fight and even being so young you deserve your eternal rest. May God Bless his family and the Raleigh PD.

  • Hard_rock_3-20-11_max50


    about 4 years ago


    (Wiping away some tears) These are the types of stories that should be filling up the newspapers. RIP William. May you watch over your fellow officers and keep them safe. You were truely an inspiration. You endeared a lot and I hope that I can exude the same type of courage that you have shown every day of my life. You will be dearly missed. Fly high and free.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    God Bless all people involved in William Bunns life.
    An Angel he is..
    love and blessings to your family*

  • Tlusa_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Excuse me....I have something in my eye and a lump in my throat. As a parent, that was damn hard to read. Little man earned that badge.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    "Lord if some dark and dreary night, I must give my life, Lord with your everlasting love Protect my children and my family". May God embrace this young man and show him that his bravery was seen and respected by many.

  • Lapd_detective_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God Bless you Officer Bunn

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