Trooper For The Florida Highway Patrol Died In An In-The-Line Crash

On Friday morning, a Florida Highway Patrol officer was killed while performing his duties when he collided on Interstate 95.

Trooper For The Florida Highway Patrol Died In An In-The-Line Crash

While pursuing a criminal suspect, Trooper Zachary Fink collided with a semi-truck, according to FOX 35.

A driver of a Kia who was travelling too fast was the target of a traffic stop effort by troopers.

When the suspect started driving in the wrong direction and failed to stop for troopers, Fink tried to do a U-turn to pursue the Kia.

One of the semi-trucks struck Fink. Both he and the driver of the semi-truck perished in the collision.

After leaving the scene, the suspect crashed his car and left it there. Regarding the charges the individual is facing, nothing is known.

The FHP stated that although a person of interest has been located, the investigation is still ongoing.

“Florida Highway Patrol Mourns the Loss of Trooper Zachary Fink Who Died in the Line of Duty,” the department said in a statement on social media.

“Today is a sad and difficult day for the profession of law enforcement,” Dave Kerner, executive director of the FHP, said. “FHP has a proud history, and Trooper Fink is a hero who died while helping people, something he was passionate about since the age of six. This dedication and love for helping others defines FHP and the FHP family honors his service and pray for everyone who lost a loved one today.”

At the time of his death, Fink was attached to Troop L out of Port St. Lucie, having graduated with the 146th recruit class in December 2020.

“Trooper Fink died a hero protecting and serving his community,” FHP Colonel Gary Howze II said. “After speaking with his family, I can say that Trooper Fink was living his dream as a Florida State Trooper when a felon tragically took his life. As a first responder, sacrifice is not new; it is daily and experienced while living, when missing breakfast with family, or when at work instead of with family. We appreciate Trooper Fink’s sacrifice and know that the people of Florida are safer because of his commitment to keeping them safe.”

On social media, Governor Ron DeSantis sent his sympathy.

“Our hearts go out to the family of FHP Trooper Zachary Fink, who was killed in the line of duty while attempting to detain a fleeing felon in St. Lucie County,” he wrote on X. “@CaseyDeSantis and I are praying for the Fink family and the entire FHP community.”

Parents and fiancée are the only people who endure Fink.

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