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Thursday, September 29, 2011

You can't make this crap up!

By Michael P. McConnell

A Ferndale police chaplain and gay-community church pastor is under fire after a man overdosed and died at his house during a sex-and-drug party.

Steven Michael Fitch, 43, of Lincoln Park died about 5:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Rev. Mark Bidwell’s house in the 2700 block of Burdette, according to a police report obtained by the Daily Tribune under the state Freedom of Information Act.

Before Fitch died he injected Bidwell and himself with methamphetamine, known as “crystal meth,” and they had sex. Fitch later went to a gay online website and arranged to have a third man, 28, of Mount Clemens, join them at the house, police reported.

In a new incident, an item in the Ferndale police log on Tuesday shows a call was made from Bidwell’s house for emergency service. Police confirmed Wednesday that Bidwell was hospitalized as a result of the call and is expected to recover.

Bidwell met Fitch after contacting him through a gay online website and bringing him to his house. Fitch brought the crystal meth to the house with him, Bidwell told police.

The Mount Clemens man who was at the house told police he did not use the drug.

Shortly before 5 a.m., Sept. 21, Fitch used the bathroom and then sat on a bed. The Mount Clemens man noticed him slumped over a couple of minutes later and told police he started turning blue.

The Mount Clemens man told police he did CPR on Fitch, but stopped after Fitch started vomiting.

Someone at the house called 911. Fitch was still not breathing and had no pulse when police arrived. Officers did CPR on Fitch until Ferndale Fire and Rescue workers arrived and took him to William Beaumont Hospital. Fitch was officially pronounced dead at 6:53 a.m., police said.

Ferndale Police Lt. William Wilson confirmed the accuracy of the police report. Bidwell is one of several area clergy who volunteer as chaplains for the department. Police have terminated Bidwell’s position with the department.

They should have GONE HERE instead! Fitch would still be alive.

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