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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


    Go rest high on the mountain little brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for the brave fight and showing us all what a true hero is. Thank you again little brother. You will always be rembered.

  • 14600_10200352713679693_171098802_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    what a beautiful spirit! reast in peace officer bunn .you may be gone but your spirt & memories last a lifetime ...

  • Mandy_and_me_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Brave little guy...Rest in Peace Officer Bunn

  • Marvin_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in peace little man. It appears you have made your mark on thousands.

  • Dove_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP little officer

  • Rafngreenblack_max50


    about 4 years ago


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

  • Quickley-b240_max50


    about 4 years ago


    R.I.P. little one.

  • Indexjuhoiuytf_max50


    about 4 years ago


    this made me cry..... Sweet dreams little guy, I will keep your parents in my prayers

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This young officer is patroling then streets of Heaven.

  • Eod_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Officer Bunn... I hope their parents will found the strength to carry on. Prayers send to them.

  • Bryce_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Go walk you beat on Heaven's streets, you've served your time in hell.

  • Bmg_logo_100x100_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sending prayers to the family

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    That young man is representin my home state better than I could ever hope to and I'm more than twice his age... He has more heart and determination than I could ever hope to have. Hoorah Officer Bunn Hoorah! My prayers go out to his family and for all other families who have men and women suffering from cancer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace My Young Brother! You served well! You now hold a place of honor with those that gave great sacrifice!

  • Wtc-eagle3-b_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Great job Raleigh PD. My heart goes out to William's family. May William rest in peace.

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