Lt. Robert Alvarado (right) of the D.C. Fire Department speaks to fellow firefighters before entering Mayor Vincent C. Gray's State of the District address Tuesday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Lt. Robert Alvarado (right) of the D.C. Fire Department speaks to fellow firefighters before entering Mayor Vincent C. Gray's State of the District address Tuesday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)