SHELL KNOB, Mo. -

Family and friends remembered the life of a former Wichita police officer who overcame bacterial meningitis, but died in a Memorial Day weekend accident.

Southern Stone County fire officials say 36-year-old Shane Little died Friday afternoon after a fall near the Aunts Creek campground on Table Rock Lake.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Little and another man were walking on a trail near Oswalt Bluff when Little lost his footing and fell 30 to 40 feet to the base of the cliff.

Emergency personnel used a fisherman's boat to take Little across the lake. He was transported to an area hospital but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Friends say his family is devastated.

"That's kind of our biggest fear as wives, our husbands not coming home," said Sherri with Wives Behind The Badge, a local group of women with husbands who work in law enforcement.

Little worked in Wichita's north patrol. He was a member of the SWAT team until he contracted bacterial meningitis in 2011 and lost most of his vision.

Little's wife, Amanda, is also a Wichita police officer.  She told Eyewitness News at a rally for Shane in 2012, "I think Shane and I have learned a huge lesson in compassion and how to be there for people when they need it.  It's amazing how much our friends and family and people from our church family and police department and everybody else have just been helping us out."

Little also leaves behind 4 young children.

A Facebook page has been set up for support and prayers for the family.

Funeral services were held at Central Christian Church in Wichita 1 p.m. Wednesday.

You can donate to help the family with various expenses here.