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It actually wouldn’t make sense.
Not that I’m a professional journalist/photographer, but I’d reckon that you would have to maintain a neutral position. That means you let the military do their stuff, and you do yours. Your job is to go out there to document the fight on the ground, not join the fight. It won’t be fair to fault the photographer in these situations.
And if you ever get caught in an crossfire, moving around and exposing yourself unnecessarily is not something recommended. Under this kind of situation, it’s going to be difficult to think straight. Stay under cover, get out of the way – you’ll survive longer. Of course, I’m assuming that the helmet and other gear isn’t right beside the photographer or the marine, when the marine took up this position to engage the enemy.
Lastly, it’s not just about getting the gear to the person. It takes precious seconds to wear them and no one is going to give them the luxury of a few seconds.