• Firefighters help paramedic beat up estranged wife's friend at Eustis home, polic

    By: Myrt Price


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


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


    They said Michael Amedeo got two of his firefighter friends, Michael Downs and Cody Wages, and they showed up at the house and attacked the 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 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.


    During the fight, police said the estranged wife ended up with a broken hand and bruises.


    The firefighters have been placed on paid administrative leave.


    They also claimed they had been drinking before carrying out the alleged attack, police said.

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