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    Cancer takes young officer

    Cancer takes young officer


    BY JOSH SHAFFER - Staff Writer
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    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



    While not a cop like us, I felt this was the most appropriate place for this post. Its always sad when a kid dies.

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    R.I.P., Little William.......Great job Raleigh Police
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    As a fellow Cancer Survivor myself, I salute this brave young man.

    Cancer is no respecter of persons, it can strike anybody. It always gets to me when the sufferer is of such a young age. William fought a valiant fight. I have no doubt that with the right amount of training throughout his life, had he survived this, he would have made a fine LEO.

    Great Job, Raleigh PD.

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    Rest in peace.

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    Prayers and positive thoughts for family and friends

    Be strong and celebrate life

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    Rest in Peace Young Hero.
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    Rest in peace, Ofc. Bunn.
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    That.

    That, if asked again on this web site by anyone, is what we are here for and what we do.

    We slay monsters and let little boys and girls have their dreams.
    I'm your huckleberry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    That.

    That, if asked again on this web site by anyone, is what we are here for and what we do.

    We slay monsters and let little boys and girls have their dreams.
    I'm stealing that.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    That.

    That, if asked again on this web site by anyone, is what we are here for and what we do.

    We slay monsters and let little boys and girls have their dreams.
    I also will be stealing this phrase, most awesome it is..........;-)
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    That is so incredible! For a moment, little William was the happiest guy in North Carolina! How fantastic was that!!!

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    Fascinating story, tearful but fascinating. Little Officer Bunn was a true trooper in his short life, may he rest in peace

    And special thanks to Raleigh PD

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