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

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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Skip,
Just found this site when reading articles on Trooper Edenhofer, latest AZ DPS to die in line of duty (RIP).

Rember first time we met? You were determined to INTIMIDATE me, and crush my hand when we shook (Your little test of guys!). You did not know me, I had not done anything wrong to you, BUT I had the nerve to be in love with your special gal, the one you helped raise and mentored when she followed you into DPS. You were not going to let some wimpy, sniveler break her heart! Over his broken, dead body!!

Well, YOU learned something didn't you. Not only was my grip equal to yours (admit hand was little sore later), but as for intimidation, I was raised by 6'4" WWII Marine! You could not come close to what he taught me about not being afraid and standing ground.

As soon as you realized I was not a flake/wimp we hit it off. I got the extreme honor and pleasure of being your "partner" on numerous ride alongs. You showed me how you could arrest some one while still allowing them their dignity if they treated you same.

I was shocked when heard news that Feb. morning while we were getting dressed for work. La Retta just turned to me and said "That is Skip." I asked how she could know, it just happened and no names had been given. She said "I just know!"

She was right, and both our world's were less rosy from that day forward. We will both never forget you. Who could, you were as intense and focused as you were mischievous and scheming. You were the ultimate professional with a sprinkling of boyish mischief thrown in for good measure.

Couple years after your death I was playing on MVD website for license plates and found a special one. Found I could get personalized Fallen Officer plate, with your name and badge number on it. Not second wait, ordered immediately. As long as I have vehicle to attach it to (motorized wheel chair soon?) I will keep FINK 940 in your memory.

Oh, and just to update you on your decision to "let me" marry La Retta, next year will be 25 years married, so I think she might keep me!

BE SAFE!

Dennis Lehan
Married to Skip's cousin

August 3, 2018

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