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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I remember the day of your passing. I retired from the Tempe Police Department after 28 years of service at the age of 53. I am so sad that you never were given the joy of the five years, I have had since retiring. Rest in peace my brother and know there are those who are grateful for your sacrifice. God bless your family.

Detective
Tempe Police Department

August 24, 2019

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