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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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    mva1053

    about 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    gfdccso

    about 4 years ago

    282 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    'God Hold and Keep You" Officer William Bunn, You now have the watch from above...

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    T_9

    about 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Go find the peace that you so deserve little Brother. Please watch over all of us in blue as we do the job you had such a desire to do. God bless your family and give them strength during this difficult time.

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    about 4 years ago

    2484 Comments

    RIP my little brother, thank you for your service

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    werm098

    about 4 years ago

    358 Comments

    RIP brother... may you live on in heaven!

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    Lawdawg304

    about 4 years ago

    184 Comments

    RIP Brother. You are a brave, dedicated Officer. New assignment. Heaven. Patol with Honor and Pride.

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    15TOM21

    about 4 years ago

    216 Comments

    RIP Officer.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    In loving memory, William Richard Bunn Feburary 21, 2002- July 1, 2010 End of watch on earth, beginning of watch in Heaven.

    http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=W...

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    randaortez

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIP Officer Bunn may God Bless you and your family. I honor the fight you had, and may God keep you, and my prayers go out to your family.

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    hdl28711

    about 4 years ago

    88 Comments

    Nice honor.

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    SERT0629

    about 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    RIP LITTLE BROTHER. EOW 07.01.10

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    suprtrkr

    about 4 years ago

    672 Comments

    Looks like God needed a new recruit up in heaven to protect all the others. You made us all proud Bud.

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    mbarsana

    about 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    RIP

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    APSO230AVFD32AVRS9

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    R.I.P. Little brother. Raleigh PD did a great job at making a dream come true for this little guy.

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