Allen Christopher Mrozinski, an athlete and former supermarket chain employee, drowned Sunday while being tested for a job as a lifeguard in Ocean City. He was 22 and lived in Parkville.
Services for Mr. Mrozinski will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Evans funeral establishment, 8800 Harford Road.
Mr. Mrozinski already had completed the ocean-swimming portion of the test and was simulating a rescue in a pool when he failed to surface. He was pulled from the water, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center in Salisbury.
"Chris was an excellent swimmer. What he wanted to be was a life guard and he wanted to go down [to Ocean City] this year before he settled in for good at a regular job," said his father, Carman Mrozinski.
The younger Mr. Mrozinski was over 6 feet tall, weighed 195 poundsand appeared to be in "excellent" health, his father said. He described his son as an "all-around athlete" who loved football and was "really heavy into basketball."
"His heart was really into going down there [to Ocean City]," said Frank Schepers, the assistant manager of the Giant Food store on Honeygo Boulevard where the Mr. Mrozinski had worked for three years.
"He was in our management-training program until two weeks ago, when he said he was leaving to become a lifeguard. He came in here stocking shelves and [working] as a produce clerk. He was an excellent worker," Schepers said.
Mr. Mrozinski was a graduate of Pine Grove Junior High School and Loch Raven Senior High, where he played football. He had studied three years at Essex Community College.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his mother, Rose Mrozinski of Parkville; and a sister, Kathy DeMontebreu of Lutherville.