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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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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP Officer Bunn, You will never be forgotten. We got it from here. Assist those who need you on the streets of heaven. My prayers go out to the family, friends, and the Raleigh PD.

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    gn13

    about 4 years ago

    518 Comments

    My prayers go out to this fine young man and his family. He definitely deserves such a nice funeral. There is no doubt that this young man would've made a great officer if given the chance. May God bless and keep him.

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    FireDad

    about 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    This made me cry...

    Rest in Peace Officer Bunn.. I know your parents are proud of you.

    May you rest in peace.. God bless you and your family..

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    dolphinblue

    about 4 years ago

    42984 Comments

    R.I.P. young officer Bunn.

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4978 Comments

    Young officer Bunn was a Gift to all of us, taken way too soon, But left behind the memory that will touch our souls forever.
    You Officer William Bunn are a True Warrior, you fought the good fight, please watch over us from above and know we carry you in our hearts daily...

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    Chris_Cosgriff

    about 4 years ago

    1052 Comments

    RIP Officer Bunn. Your watch on earth is over. Please watch over us from up above.

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