By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun
2:07 PM EST, February 1, 2013
The Army has identified the diver who died Wednesday at Aberdeen Proving Ground's "Super Pond."
George H. Lazzaro Jr., an engineering technician in the Firepower Directorate of the Aberdeen Test Center, died while completing routine maintenance at the Underwater Test Facility, a spokeswoman for the Army Test and Evaluation Command said Friday.
The cause of his death is unknown, spokeswoman Robin Boggs said. An autopsy will be performed.
Lazzaro, 41, was married with four children, according to an obituary posted online by Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Parkville. He lived in Nottingham.
"Aberdeen Test Center personnel are saddened by the loss of one of our own," Col. Gordon L. Graham, commander of the Aberdeen Test Center, said Friday in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we mourn with them during this tragic loss."
The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Boggs said. Rescue workers from the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace and the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department recovered Lazzaro's body that afternoon.
Services for Lazzaro are scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services at 8800 Harford Road in Parkville. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, with burial to follow at Parkwood Cemetery.
Graham ordered a "safety stand down" on Thursday to allow test center personnel to review operating procedures and processes and discuss best practices, Boggs said. That was in addition to the reviews performed monthly at the center.
The Underwater Test Facility, better known as the Super Pond, is a 1,070-foot-long, 150-foot-deep pond carved out of the bank of the Bush River to allow the Army to conduct shock tests of ships, boats and submarines for the Defense Department, academia and private industry. The facility has been used for testing since 1995.
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