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 , 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 . 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.

Mark Blackwell September 30, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Thanks for the kind and loving sentiment, Carrie. But it wasn't my home this fellow died in. Technically, I'm also not minding my own business about a situation I wasn't involved in as much as anyone else in here. I just happen to be right, and they happen to be wrong, that's all.
Jim Routhier September 30, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Why am I not surprised that Tom Gagne would try and make political hay out of what is a drug overdose. The sexuality of the people involved has nothing to do with the death, nor does any supposed "promiscuity".
Mark Blackwell September 30, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Well to some scripture-poppers any sex a homosexual has is promiscuous. It wouldn't matter if they lived in Vermont and had the deed to do the deed.
Michael Kohl October 01, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Seems to me there are preachy bullies on both sides of this one.
LeRoy Jefferson October 01, 2011 at 08:14 PM
The good Rev. cruised online for a random hookup, allowed drug use in his home, and was an active participant, and someone is dead as a result. A blatant lack of personal responsibility and self-control for a man of the cloth. He can and should be charged with involuntary manslaughter, but likely isn't because the velvet mafia that runs this town won't have it.


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