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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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  • Female_bodysurfer_max50


    about 4 years ago


    NINE surgeries and THIRTEEN rounds of chemo! Courageous William Bunn is an example to us all.

  • Topcat3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Too soon, way to soon.

  • 687-45b_5270


    about 4 years ago


    RIP little brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Godspeed Little Officer with the largest of hearts. May you watch over all your fellow brothers as they keep the peace and protect the citizens of this world. Terry F. Zech Veteran Affairs Police Dept, (ret) Detroit, MI

  • Parkside_crest_new_12-15-08_copy_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Such courage, strength and wisdom for a young man, Rest in Peace my Little Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Funny_sheriff_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest now little Brother in Blue. What a courageous officer you have been.

  • Cute__max50


    about 4 years ago


    How sad. He is sitting at the right hand of Jesus now, in pain no more. What a brave young man. What a fantastic police department for making his dream come true.

  • 129_max50


    about 4 years ago


    E.O.W Thursday at 4:22am
    God Bless you and may God keep you at his side

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    It is the bravery of the children that never ceases to amaze me. so often it is the children who face dying better than most adults face living. Sleep well little man and may God bless those friends and family left behind. As a father who has also lost a son to cancer my prayers go out to all of them, and my heart breaks for them.

  • Cpd_star_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God Bless and Rest In Peace

  • Police_spirit_max50


    about 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Rest easy my brother. We will pick up wher you left off.

  • Mpcart_1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    EOW, RIP. Blessings on your family and friends.

  • Memorialflag_max50


    about 4 years ago


    May you Rest in Peace my brother in blue. God has a special place for you in Heaven. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  • 1_20colt_20govt_2038sup_20gold_201_20of_20200_202001372_max50


    about 4 years ago


    May you rest in peace fellow officer. May God always have an 8 yr old officer on his force. Go rest my child your tour is now over it is time for rest. Leave it to us we will handle your calls as you have answered your last radio call. RIP.

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