SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - There is an immense amount of support pouring out for the people of Freeman. One Washington man let his tractor do the talking.
You may have seen the viral video of a farmer creating a message in a field near Freeman High School.
It's a simple heart and the word freeman.
When Brandon Cronk found out there had been a shooting at the school he graduated from, he didn't know what to do. He said it wasn't until Thursday morning that he figured out how he could help.
"I was just working in another field and at about 10:30, it just struck me. I thought, "I think I'm just gonna go over threre and write a nice little message to honor my community," Cronk said.
It's the kind of place where strangers wave at you when you drive by.
"This is a farm community. And we are close to our neighbors and I mean, it really is small town America and just, you can't go anywhere or talk to anyone that this is not affecting," Cronk said.
As he turned the soil in his faithful tractor, Cronk's heart hurt for everyone involved.
"It was hard to hold it back. I mean, you know, my heart goes out to all the victims, Sam and just, I don't know, he's a hero. And the custodian. That guy is a hero too as far as I'm concerned," Cronk said.
He said this story isn't about what he created. He would barely go on camera to talk about it. For him, the message in this field is a love note for his community.
"It came from my heart. You know, I love this community and I love these people and I wanted to help," Cronk said.
He hopes this will inspire others to do whatever they can to make a difference.
"Maybe there are other people that feel like they don't know what to do and that is okay. Maybe you just need to be there and listen, love your neighbors, just talk to people and just rally around each other," Cronk said.
Cronk said despite what happened, things will be okay.
"Time will heal it. There is always going to be a little scar there just as a little reminder, but I think if we just rally up and love each other, you know, time will heal it up," cronk said "We are gonna make it."
What this farmer did is just a small piece of what this entire community is doing to stay #Freemanstrong.