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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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    caleigh1989

    about 4 years ago

    184 Comments

    RIP lil bro! This srticle brought me to tears. Its a sad day. Taken way to soon frm this earth, but you will no longer be in pain. May you rest your head in peace, you were one brave officer!!!
    To the family my heart aches for you, may God comfort you in your time of need. And God bless

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    cema29

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I never dreamed it would be me,
    my name for all eternity,
    recorded here at this hallowed place,
    alas, my name, no more my face.
    "In the line of duty" I hearthem say;
    my family now the price will pay,
    my folded flag stained with tears;
    we only had those few short years.
    The badge no longer on my chest,
    I sleep now in eternal rest;
    my sword I pass to those behind,
    and pray they keep this thought in mind;
    I never dreamed it would be me,
    and with heavy heart and bended knee;
    I ask for all here from the past,
    Dear God, let my name be last.
    OFFICER BUNN, YOU WERE ONE GREAT
    POLICE OFFICER REST IN PEACE
    SGT. RONZO

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    rlc1953

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    I had a vision as i read this...Officer Bunn standing on the street corner of heaven look up and down the streets of gold eyeing all the mansions...Standing straight with his arms behind him and Jesus standing there beside him with his hand on his shoulder looking down on him smiling.

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    sjhuffman22

    about 4 years ago

    120 Comments

    RIP Lil Man. You showed great bravery and courage as you went through your struggles in life.

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    los008

    about 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP Law Enforcement brother! My prayers are with you and your family!

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    Virginia

    about 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Bunn, may God comfort your family. I know you are now on patrol on the golden streets of Heaven now.

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    bpdwife

    about 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    Heaven was needing a Hero....Rest in Peace....

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    pgc219j

    about 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    RIP Officer Bunn. Your bravery and courage has touched us all and will remain with us forever.

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    RTJC

    about 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    RIP - you in fact did display the amount of courage we all would like to have. May you rest in peace and may your family find comfort in the thoughts and prayers that go out to them. RPD, what a great thing you did to make a young man happy/proud to be part of the brotherhood

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP little bro..you're in our hearts for eternity. We love you

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    angellynn

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I'M so sorry someone had to lose their baby boy to this cancer... I wish they could cure everyone that has it.. My boyfriend found out last aug. he had it ... I wish I knew he was going to be ok. I also lost my Grandmother to it I watched her everyday go down.. So I am so sorry this happen to you.. God Bless you...

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    Brandonlea

    about 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    I'm crying as I read this. Not much makes me do that.

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    buck

    about 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    May god bless you and may you proudly wear your uniform in heaven. you touched alot of lives and will never be forgotten.

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    chiefkcr

    about 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    RIP my Small Brother. You've touched us all in a Big way. GOD be with you and yours.

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    JW217

    about 4 years ago

    166 Comments

    Rest in peace little brother. As an officer and a Father this story brought me to tears.

    God Bless you and your entire family.

    HPD217

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