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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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    As hard as we are. As manly men ( and women ) that we are.. sometimes you just can't hold back the tears. RIP my little brother.

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    about 4 years ago


    Godspeed my Little Brother ...Hope I get to see you when it's my time, I know where to find you ..
    These gestures mean so much to so many It's a shame that we can't do more..I had a 5 year old nephew who had a very similar story and was a honorary Fire Chief...Thanks to all who made it possible..

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    about 4 years ago


    Thank you Raleigh PD for granting the wish of one brave young man. RIP Officer Bunn

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    RIP little Brother

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    RIP little brother william your in our prayers

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    Prayers, respect and strength.

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    RIP Lil Brother

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    R.I.P. little one you are as brave as anyone that I have ever known.

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    Class all the way. Good job Raleigh

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    I am by no means a sentimental person, but I was in tears by the time I got to the end of this article. Great job by the Raleigh PD. really puts things in perspective. I'll think about William the next time I'm about to complain about anything.

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    Rest In Peace, Little Brother.

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    GODS SPEED LIL Brother! You will be remembered and honored here on earth and you will serve with your fellow LEO's in Heaven!

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    RIP keep the streets of Heaven safe now :)

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    So sad .... Nice to see the PD grant such a special wish for this young lad. May you rest in peace now William, your suffering has come to an end. Enjoy your new life.

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