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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


    GODS' ways ,as perfect as they are, are awfully hard to understand....The City of Raleigh should be very proud of this young man....roll models like patrol officer Bunn are hard to find in todays world....what he stood for, at his age, is amazing....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Little Brother. Your bravery is unmatched by any officers still on earth. Watch over us and protect us while you patrol the streets of heaven. You are an inspiration to us. I am very proud of you and I know your parents are as proud. You are and always will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Great job Raleigh Police and Chief Dolan for granting Officer Bunn's wish.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Officer William Bunn you’ve fought the brave fight now it time for you to rest. With a donut in your have ,and chocolate milk at your side. Off you go with the angels to the other side. Fear not you travel is not alone. There is part of every policeman in America with you so you know you’re not alone. Just one of you new partners Dave Johnson Louisville Police Department Retired

  • After_4th_max50


    about 4 years ago


    i cried as i read this story... what a brave little man and how proud his parents must be even as the grieve their loss they know their little guy is walking arm and arm with Jesus and is now a new angel watching over them and all the police officers he so admired. .. God be with the family and give them a peace only he can give...

  • Michael_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God Bless this little angel......... Heaven received the biggest law enforcement HERO and we here on earth will always remember him with love. God Bless you Officer Bunn, your with the rest of your law enforcement brothers now and will eternally be on watch.

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    about 4 years ago


    You've fought the bravest fight - May God now hold you in the hollow of his hands.

  • Me__mr


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Police Officer William Bunn. I will keep you, your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace brother

  • Aaa_max50


    about 4 years ago


    R.I.P officer Bunn.

  • Hawaii_pics_164_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God bless you little brother and we're honored you joined our ranks the short time you were here. You are in real good company now.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace Police Officer William Bunn. Godspeed little brother. Watch over us down here.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Officer Our prayers are with your family, friends, department and community.

  • 0303101529a_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Amen!!! Rest in Peace.....Good Job Chief for giving this angel his dream before he was taken.......Lee

  • Shenanigans7sy_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace!!!

  • Fop_member_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Little Brother, your bravery is insperation to everyone. Watch over your fellow Brothers and Sisters from above. My Heart, Thoughts, and Prayers go out to Ofc. Bunn's family.

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