8-year-old honorary officer laid to rest

8-year-old William Bunn

July 3, 2010 6:18:28 PM PDT
An 8-year-old Raleigh boy who captured the hearts of the Triangle with his courageous battle against cancer, and big dreams of a career in law enforcement, was laid to rest with full police honors Saturday.William Bunn passed away Thursday morning.

An honor guard of Raleigh Police, as well as other Wake County and state law officers saluted the youngest Raleigh Police Officer.

Watching the flag-draped coffin of Bunn enter a hearse, Police Chief and father Harry Dolan thought, "As a dad, you take great pride to have had anyone, in all of our children, that they live good lives and become wonderful people. And this young man, in eight short years, achieved all that. He was, as the preacher said, a missionary for others."

Dolan knows while the first grader's fight against a rare cancer took a lot of his strength, the brave boy and his family got a lot when Raleigh Police fulfilled his wish and made him an honorary officer. His mom pinned on his badge...the chief's badge.

"Everyone's hugging someone they love a little bit more," Dolan said. "And they're realizing that this young man who lived only eight years lived a life of someone who could have lived 80 years. He was an inspiration. He gave us all a lot of hope."

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