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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


    Rest in Peace William, you fought long and hard.

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    about 4 years ago


    Semper Paratus; Semper Fidelas. RIP

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    about 4 years ago


    I am home from the funeral and it was beautiful. I hope when my time comes I get sent to my final resting place in such a grand fashion. After I gathered with and spoke with several Officers and there was one moment in time that we all felt as if we were being watched as the piper played the pipes. We all felt as if we were being starred upon. Not from the left or right but from above. What ever this feeling was we all agree it made up warm inside. As we rendered our final salute to Officer Bunn the airship (helicopter) flew to the final resting site and maintained a low hover for the flight crew to pay their respects. They turned assumed a new flight path flew out about 2 miles and whizzed over the resting site with a roaring flyover. This was a truly awesome ceremony and the reason I use those words to describe it, well thats the way William would have described it.

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    about 4 years ago

    You are now in a healthy, happy little body watching over us!! I will always remember you and your courageous battle - you are a true hero!! RIP little guy and we'll be seeing your beautiful smile lighting
    up our skies!! Even though the tears are falling, I know you are in God's hands now where no child will ever suffer again!!

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    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace little brother, we have the watch now.

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    about 4 years ago


    Little Officer William, you are a true Officer. Just like your Adult brother and sisters of Law Enforcement, you fought the good fight. You are an inspiration to Officers every where. You are my inspiration. God needed you with him and I know you will have a very important job waiting for you in Heaven. I'm sure you will be getting a warm welcome from all the Officer who have gone before you. You are one of God's Angels now and I know you will be watching over Officers every where. You will be remembered always

    My deepest condolences to your Mom and Dad who fought the good fight by your side. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of you family, friends, Raleigh PD, and all of your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. May God be with all of you and comfort you.

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    about 4 years ago


    Godspeed and a safe journey little brother

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    about 4 years ago


    Keep heaven's streets safe little brother, St. Michael has you under his wing now.

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    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Little Brother.

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    about 4 years ago


    Your final watch is in Heaven. Look down on us and RIP precious brave child. Prayers to your family and friends.

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    about 4 years ago


    Patrol Heaven for us now Little Officer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    What a bittersweet story... RIP little man...

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    about 4 years ago


    R.I.P. My Little Brother and God Bless you and your Family

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    about 4 years ago

    RIP Ofcr.William Bunn.May Your fly high with The Angels above watching over Your Loved Ones and Your Fellows Officers in who you would of worked with and would of loved the job You so admired.(SMILE).I will light a Candle in Your Honor.God Bless You and Your Family.You will always be Remembered for who You were and all that You would of done and did.God Bless You Officer William Bunn.You were one brave Young Little Guy who I will never forget.

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    about 4 years ago


    I tasted them reading this article. Tears

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