Man Dies after Using Drugs at Ferndale Chaplain's House
A 43-year-old Lincoln Park resident died after taking drugs at the home of a Ferndale police chaplain and pastor at a local LGBT-community church.
Mark Bidwell, a Ferndale chaplain and pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church, is under fire after a 43-year-old Lincoln Park resident died last week after taking drugs at the chaplain's home.
Steven Michael Fitch, 43, died about 5:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Bidwell’s house in the 2700 block of Burdette, the Daily Tribune is reporting.
Bidwell is a pastor at the LGBT community Metropolitan Community Church licenses a space at Drayton Presbyterian Church. The two are separate, however, and have separate congregations. He is also one of several chaplains for the Ferndale Police Department.
“Based on the information we have it is sufficient to determine he (Bidwell) is not a person we want associated with our department,” Ferndale Police Lt. Detective William Wilson told the Tribune.
Criminal charges for Bidwell are unlikely, the department said.
Correction: This brief was updated for clarity.