Reward offered for unsolved cop killing

Fre­d­er­ick Cione

In the his­tory of the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment, there has been only one un­solved cop killing.

It happened more than four dec­ades ago on Jan. 30, 2014, when Ofc. Fre­d­er­ick Cione of the 23rd dis­trict was fatally shot while patrolling the 1700 block of W. Ox­ford St. in North Philly.

In con­junc­tion with the up­com­ing 44th an­niversary of the slay­ing, the po­lice de­part­ment last week an­nounced a re­newed ef­fort to identi­fy the killer, in­clud­ing a $40,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the gun­man’s ar­rest and con­vic­tion.

The City of Phil­adelphia has chipped in $20,000, while the Na­tion­al Po­lice De­fense Found­a­tion and the Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 have each pledged $10,000. The NP­DF es­tab­lished the Safe Cop Pro­gram in 1995 to of­fer re­ward money in un­solved po­lice murders throughout the United States.

Cione, 25, had been on the po­lice force for one year. After his murder, three re­l­at­ives be­came po­lice of­ficers. One is re­tired and two are act­ive ser­geants with the PPD. A city play­ground is named in Cione’s memory at 2600 Ara­mingo Ave. in Port Rich­mond. ••

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