Officer Floyd James "Skip" Fink, Jr.

Officer Floyd James "Skip" Fink, Jr.

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, February 18, 2000

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Floyd James "Skip" Fink, Jr.

Officer Floyd Fink was killed when his patrol car was rear-ended while he was stopped behind another vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. 60 near the McLintock Drive exit in Tempe, Arizona.

Upon impact, Officer Fink's patrol car burst into flames, trapping him inside. Passing motorists were able to extract him, and he was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver who struck Officer Fink fled the scene on foot but was captured a short time later. He was found to be under the influence of methamphetamines and marijuana at the time of the crash and charged with several felony charges. He pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Officer Fink had been employed with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and four adult children.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 940

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

drunk driver, hit and run, traffic stop

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Sitting here in my chair in my home I started thinking about my youth and my friends I was associated with. I thought about Arizona Western and the guys I hung out with. Floyd Fink happened to be one of them. Like many, I typed went on the internet and typed in his name. Scrolling through the listings, the first one I clicked on opened to a photograph of Floyd in his uniform. The face was older but I thought it might be my old friend. As I started reading the messages, I realized it was my old friend and he was no longer with us. I still have a photograph of Floyd and myself taken in front of a huge pile of lumber we'd helped accumulate to build a celebration bonfire.
Rest in Peace my friend.

Dennis Gilstrap
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April 19, 2020

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