SMALL TOWNS PREVIEW: Mishicot man’s journey from coma to art

Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 6:10 AM CDT
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MISHICOT, Wis. (WBAY) - A Mishicot man says he considers his near-death experience a blessing.

Thursday in Small Towns, meet Steve Koch. In 2015, Steve suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been on an incredible journey since.

Investigators believe Koch hit a bear while riding his ATV. He was flown to a hospital where he spent seven days in a coma.

“A lot of people think I’m crazy when I say it, but I was sitting in the chair in the hospital, not knowing where I was or anything and I remember looking on the wall and I see a cross and I heard the words, ‘love is all that matters’ and I was back,” said Koch.

Two years into his recovery, Steve’s employer offered to send him to a symposium in Indiana to learn how to carve stone. Steve discovered his passion.

Steve has turned more than 200 blocks of limestone and granite into unique carvings.

Thursday on Small Towns, Jeff Alexander reports on the profound story of Steve Koch. It airs on Action 2 News at 6.

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