Firefighters help paramedic beat up estranged wife's friend, police say

By: Myrt Price, WFTV.com

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EUSTIS, Fla. - Two firefighters and a paramedic are facing charges after authorities accused them of breaking into a home in Eustis, Florida, Monday night and assaulting the people inside.

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Police said the victim told her husband, the paramedic, that their marriage was over and he had to move out a few weeks ago.

Investigators said Michael Amedeo got two of his firefighter friends, Michael Downs and Cody Wages, to help him attacked his estranged wife and her male friend.

Investigators said Wages and Downs pushed their way into the home and attacked the man.

Police said Amedeo joined in on the attack and the three men allegedly pulled the friend out of the home and beat him up in the yard.

The wife tried to call 911, but Amedeo grabbed the phone and threw it, according to police.

Amedeo is also facing domestic violence charges.

Amedeo is a former Lake County firefighter, but sources told Channel 9 he now works as a paramedic.

Wages works for Osceola County Fire Rescue and Downs works for Eustis Fire and Rescue.

The woman’s injuries included a broken hand and bruises, police said.

The firefighters have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Authorities said the men had been drinking before carrying out the alleged attack.

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